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Virgin Mary's Sewing Needle

Standing Stone / Menhir


The Virgin Marys sewing needle (in norwegian Jomfru Marias synÄl) is an 7,2 meter high stone close to the southern wall of the church at Avaldsnes. When it touches the wall the world will go under!

There has also been a 9 meter high stone by the church, but it was destroyed in a fire in 1698 (?).

Avaldsnes has been a central place in early norwegian history, due to its proximity to Karmsundet.

When I first saw the stone 3 years ago I felt it would be wrong to take a photo, as it wouldn't do justice to the impression it makes when you walk round the corner and it rages over you.
Posted by Vragebugten
12th September 2008ce

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